September UIU sign-ups

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September UIU sign-ups
Mon, 09-06-2010 - 8:04pm

Important note: MJ is hosting this month, but is getting home later than expected. So she might get challenges posted tonight and it may be tomorrow. Feel free to continue using last weeks' challenges until she posts. Bwahaha, that is SO to my benefit...

Use what up? Why your stash of course! All those lovely embellishments, paper, rub-ons, and chipboard you just HAD to buy! And maybe the stuff hidden in the bag under your car seat, waiting for a moment to be snuck into the house. Yeah, that stuff. Love it? Then USE it - put it on a page and get it in an album! We'll even give you points for using it, and once you have, permission to buy more!

Yes, it is a challenge, but remember, this is about you challenging yourself to get pages done, and use all those goodies you love.

Sign up by posting to this thread. Indicate the number of LOs you are going to try to complete this month, as well as the number of points you want to earn. If you have already been challenged to use something on a Make Me Use My Stuff (MMUMS) list, that challenge is still open. Otherwise (or if you want to start fresh), include a 5-item MMUMS list with your goals, and I will pick something for you to use. Keep reading for ground rules, how to score points, and monthly start/end dates.

Scoring Points:

1) 10 points for each 'item' completed:

1. 1 LO. LO (layout) means a one or two page spread of topic matter, not pages. So you might complete 4 pages, but only 2 LO's.
2. 2 cards
3. 1 altered/embellished project, such as a clipboard, lunch tin, clock, or grouping of like items.

2) 10 additional points per item if all supplies used were purchased prior to the beginning of the month’s challenge.

3) 10 additional points for completing any weekly challenges that will be posted at the start of each week during the challenge month. For example: the challenge may be to use letter stickers from your stash on a LO that week.

4) 10 additional points per item for completing any other CURRENT challenge posted on the board. For example, if a free space is posted for bingo that requires the LO to be posted by a Sunday evening, and you complete and post your LO before Sunday evening, then you can claim 10 points. If you don't post until Monday, you can no longer claim the points. (Note: You do not have to be playing Bingo to claim the extra points for doing Bingo challenges--so if you are calling, you can do the FS and get the points!)

Example: If you complete 1 LO (10 POINTS), in which all items are stash (add 10 POINTS), and then complete two of the weekly challenges (add 20 POINTS), and do another challenge posted on the board, you will have earned 50 points for that single LO.

Ground Rules:

1) This round will begin on Monday, September 6th, and end on Sunday, October 3rd.

2) You can sign up any time, but the challenge month starts and ends on the same days regardless. So if you join on September 10th you can't use stuff purchased on September 9th and claim it as stash.

3) Anything purchased before the beginning of the challenge month is considered stash. If you are ordering on line, the items have to be ordered by the date to be counted as stash. They do not have to arrive by the start date though. Anything received as a gift or a RAK automatically counts as stash, even if you receive it in the middle of a UIU month. Adhesive is not included--if you need adhesive, you must be getting pages done, so go buy some! Tools are also not included, as you can't really use them up.

4) Once you have earned a minimum of 100 points, you may buy something new (1 item) for your stash to be used on your next LO. So, for every 100 points earned, you earn the right to add to your stash. (Hey! That's not a bag full of stuff! It's ONE ITEM. Okay, you can count a stack or a kit as one item. But not two individual sheets of paper; or a sheet of paper, a package of brads, some ribbon, and bling.)

5) Set your own goals, and please specify in your post (x) LO's, (y)Cards, (z) other Embellished/Altered Projects you think you can finish that month. Then see how many points you can rack up for those LO's/projects.

Reward for participating? In general, being able to say "I used some of my stuff! Now I can go buy some more!”

Let me know if you have any questions! Old-timers and newbies are all welcome to play!!! Post your goals here, and look for the challenges post late Sunday or early Monday!

Upcoming UIU dates:

October 4-October 31 hosted by ???
November 1-December 5 hosted by ???
If anyone wants to volunteer to hostess for September or October, just let me know.

fine print: explanatory text borrowed from previous UIU sign-ups with some small changes.

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Mon, 09-06-2010 - 8:12pm

Man, I have no idea how to set my goals for the month. Let's see, I've already done 3 layouts today, should be able to get 2 more done tonight, then I hope to keep up with scrapping regularly, AT least 2 LOs a week, but hopefully more...

Okay, I am going to say 15 LOs, 450 points.

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Mon, 09-06-2010 - 9:08pm


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Mon, 09-06-2010 - 11:14pm

ok karen i think you answered my question already about wether or not stuff we have done since september 1st counts! LOL

so I think I can shoot every high.

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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 6:41am
Well, only the stuff done yesterday counts for September. Anything before that was still August.
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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 8:22am
oh sure now you are gonna split hairs. you just don't want me to get the jump on you!
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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 9:56am

ROFL, Stacy, chillax!

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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 10:01am


I will have to figure out what I did yesterday.

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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 7:10pm
I'm in! Since school is back in session, my scrapping time will be limited to weekends. I do hope to go to one crop though, so I am going to say 10 LOS, 350 points.

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Wed, 09-08-2010 - 1:17pm

I obviously did not meet last months goals!

I did manage to create 4 LO's while at Missys house.

I also finished off a 10 page acryllic album I started at CKC, and created a travel journal for my Mom. Ok, the journal was new stuff, but it was purchased for a purpose and used immediately!

This month, all girls in school and weekends home (YAY!) tempered by house and garden projects that need finishing and my exercising/volunteering/practicing piano about an hour each weekday and 2 booked evenings a week, I think I'll go with 4-5 pages a week.

So - 16 pages minimum, 20 pages ideal.
Points - 40 a page average so 640 minimum.

Michelle: Momma to Natasha, Sarah Grace & Mira